Americans with Disabilities Act
It is the policy of Texas Tech University to provide equal access and opportunity to job applicants and otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with 504 of the rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The university prohibits discriminating against applicants and individuals with disabilities. A disability is defined as:
- a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity,
- a record of such impairment, or
- being regarded as having such an impairment.
The law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations, without undue hardship on the employer, to applicants and employees who are qualified for a job so that they may perform the essential job duties of the position. To be qualified, an individual must:
- have the requisite skills, experience, education, licenses, etc. and
- be able to perform the essential functions of the job, either without any help from the employer, or with some "reasonable accommodation" if needed.
The purpose of accommodation is to ensure that individuals who are otherwise able to work are not unfairly excluded from doing so when working conditions can be adjusted without causing undue hardship to the university or department. A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process, to perform essential job functions or to enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace.